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By Elsa Loftis | Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Online Research Tips: Finding Reliable Resources on the Web

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Here’s a common scenario: You want information on a certain topic, such as finding the nearest dry cleaners, or determining the current population of Italy.

If you can get online, an answer is only moments away. We expect answers quickly, and often believe what we read—but sometimes we forget to question where information comes from and whether it’s accurate.

Here are some strategies to keep in mind while conducting online research.

By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, July 02, 2015

Slam Dunk: From Basketball Star to Elearning Expert

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He was a pro basketball player who broke Guinness world records … and knew absolutely nothing about computers.

Now he’s an Apple Distinguished Educator who shows teachers how to use digital media to engage their students.

Here’s the story of how determination—and fascination—led lynda.com author Renaldo Lawrence from the nation’s courts to the world’s classrooms.

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, June 12, 2015

Crushing It in Wine Country — with lynda.com

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Jeanette Tan was a single mom looking for the ideal place to raise her teenagers.

Passionate about sunshine, food, and wine, she dreamed of making a new life for her family in Sonoma, California’s stunning coastal wine country.

“It’s beautiful,” she said. “I figured if there’s enough sun to grow grapes, there’s enough sun for me.”

So in 2009, she uprooted her brood and made the move—but work was hard to come by.

“I sent out resumes almost every week for two years,” says Jeanette, an accountant and QuickBooks whiz.

But thanks to her DIY spirit—and the inspiration and education of lynda.com—Jeanette now teaches wine-industry finances and accounting to lots of wineries. And soon she’ll be teaching many more.

By Justin Seeley | Saturday, June 06, 2015

What's Your Learning Style? Discover It—and Use It

there are lots of learning styles

What kind of learner are you? That’s a question rarely asked of a student or employee these days.

Most assume that the traditional education model is sufficient for imparting knowledge onto others. The problem with that, however, is that most of us are unique in the way we interpret data.

Humans are not made on an assembly line with identical processors. Some of us learn by seeing, some by doing, and others by hearing. Many of us are also hybrids, meaning we need to both see and hear something—or touch and hear it—in order to completely understand it.

Here’s how to find your learning style and use it to your advantage.

By Vince Kotchian | Wednesday, May 27, 2015

2016 SAT Changes: What You Need to Know About the New Test

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The good folks at The College Board, the creators of the SAT, like to keep us on our toes—so the SAT is again getting a major facelift.

The October 2015 PSAT and the March 2016 SAT will be the first administrations of the new, “revised” SAT test.

But don’t panic. Although the test is undergoing some major changes, at its core it’s still very similar to the current SAT that we all know (and may or may not love). The good news is that almost all of the preparation you’d do for the current SAT—the kind I cover in my lynda.com course SAT Prep: Getting Started—will apply to the revised SAT, as well.

But here are the SAT changes you need to know about, so you can best prepare.

By Vince Kotchian | Friday, May 22, 2015

SAT Math Tips: Techniques for the Two Trickiest Questions

SAT math tips

The math sections of the SAT are known for their devious questions. The concepts aren’t terribly difficult, but the test writers are good at presenting them in ways that force you to think and adapt.

This can be tough for many students, since high school math teachers don’t usually get very creative with the questions on their tests.

In this article, I’ll introduce you to two of the trickiest SAT math question types—and for each one, I’ll give you a specific technique to help you successfully work it out.

So get out some paper and a pencil, and let’s learn some SAT math tips!

By Jolie Miller | Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Instructional Design at lynda.com: How We Do What We Do

instructional design

One of the most common questions we get here at lynda.com is: How do you do what you do?

While there’s a certain amount of magic that happens on our campus (it’s impressive, I’ll be honest), a lot of our process boils down to simple instructional design principles for teaching adult learners.

Whether you’re teaching a friend how to knit, creating online instruction, or just want to be able to better communicate—these strategies don’t disappoint.

Here are my 10 favorite tips:

By Britt Andreatta | Tuesday, May 05, 2015

6 Steps to Creating a Learning Culture — and Why You Should

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Whether you know it or not, your organization already has a learning culture. If you employ humans, then learning happens in your workplace every day because we’re biologically wired to learn; we can’t stop ourselves from doing it.

The real question is whether you have a transformative learning culture that makes your organization more successful—or one that breeds conformity and stagnation.

I could go on and on about the perils of the latter: how organizations with poor learning cultures experience high turnover of their top talent, struggle to keep their customers, and ultimately fall behind their competitors on a number of fronts. They may seem profitable on paper for a bit, but ultimately the costs of the human factor catch up and they fail.

Organizations that create transformative learning cultures not only succeed but thrive. They know that learning is as natural and biologically driven as breathing—and they cultivate people’s potential through learning opportunities.

Here are the six steps to create a learning culture at your organization—and how it will help.

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